The Red Sox announced Monday that they have activated 1B/OF Mike Carp from the disabled list in time for Monday's game against the Chicago White Sox.
When the Red Sox were playing the Atlanta Braves on May 26th, Carp fouled a ball off hit foot and that is when the fracture occured. Carp played four more games after that but was just unable to really move and was put on the disabled list by the Red Sox.
Carp has no doubt brought a feisty attitude to the Red Sox this year. He took no prisoners once Rays ace, David Price decided to come inside on him and hit him with a fastball on the finger. Carp didn't like that too much and started a bench-clearing brawl between the two teams.
Now, no one is saying Carp is going to be the answer to the Red Sox struggles this season offensively but he can provide some depth to the Red Sox lineup. The Red Sox have really struggled to hit right handed pitching this year and the addition of Carp coming back will most likely lengthen their lineup against right handers.
Carp's biggest moment with the Red Sox came last season when he hit a memorable 10th inning grand slam on September 12th to give the Red Sox the eventual 7-3 win. Carp wasn't swinging the bat too well before he hit the shelf. Carp was hitting .214 with an OBP of .317. Carp has only recorded six runs batted in to this date. But the Red Sox have confidence Carp can turn it around as last season he slugged a career-high .523. Carp will bring power against righties as he has a career 22 home runs against them.
Carp expects to get time as a designated hitter when David Ortiz sits, an outfielder and first baseman as the season progresses. Last season was Carp's first year in Boston.
The Red Sox acquired Carp on February 12th, 2013 from the then outfield packed Seattle Mariners.
It looks like utility infielder, Jonathan Hererra, will be the odd man out in wake of Carp's activation.
Jonathan Herrera's locker is empty. Mike Carp activated from DL— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) July 7, 2014